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Weddings, Family reunions, or a getaway for two.

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

About the property

Yellow House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5 )

This unique property sits on 40 acres at the east end of Lake Isabella just off Hwy 178. About 2 1/2 hours north of Los Angeles, the Hillside Ranch has the illusion of remoteness. It's only a quarter mile away from a super market, and gas station and only 20 minutes away from Kernville where rafting and fishing trips can be booked. Enjoy a sanctuary that offers peace and quiet with unobstructed views of the lake and mountains. Enjoy the beautiful estate-sized lawns surrounded by hundreds of trees for shade and privacy. By day watch your kids and dogs play and by night roast marshmallows at the open fire pit.

There are 3 historically charming, 1930's style homes were moved onto the property in 1950 from the town of Whiskey Flat, 'Kernville' the houses have been a part of the Hillside Ranch and Kern River Valley history for almost a hundred years. Please be our guests, and enjoy. I can E-mail more pictures of all the houses, just click on my home page link, right above the pictures. Thanks, Bruce

*** PLEASE USE THE LINK TO VISIT MY OFFICIAL WEBSITE (in blue type) ABOVE THE PICTURES***

And we're GREEN, we produce all of our power for landscaping with a Bergey 10K wind turbine and an Aeromotor windmill.

This property is privately owned and management and owner will not be responsible for accidents or injury to guests or for loss of money, jewelry or valuables of any kind.

Keywords: Mountain, Ranch, Cabins, Lake

More Details

Owner
Bruce Richardson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Bruce Richardson

I am a retired sound effects editor from the film industry. I am married with two children. I have been a Mr. Mom, a carpenter, a drywall hanger, a handyman, a potter, a hippie, a college drop out, a landscape gardener, a traveler, a surfer, a tennis player, made a couple of short films and wrote 6 bad screenplays. That's not all but I don't want to brag. My wife has done a bunch of stuff too but she won't talk about it.... that's probably a good idea.

Bruce Richardson purchased this house in 1994

Why Bruce Richardson chose California

In 1994 after looking all over California for about 10 years in hopes of finding an old farm house I could fix up, I stumbled across this property and fell in love. The spot looked pretty good to me, I thought it had great potential. And what the hell, the price was right, so I bought it and started planting trees. It didn't looked to good in those days but I thought with a little hard work, I’d have this place whipped into shape in 5 years, tops. The year was 1994, I was 44 years old, in good health, and ready to go.

Now, in 2014, I’m 64 years old. I’ve been bit, stung and sun burned more times then I can remember. Remarkably my health is still pretty good, but shockingly I’m still not done. But, I’m not giving up either. Anyway, it’s been a labor of love, I hope you have as much fun playing here, as I have had working here.

What makes this house unique

It is very quiet and the view ain't bad either.

Guestbook comments from the owner

5/26/08It was a pleasure to stay at The Ranch. The place is way better than what it seems in the pictures. Marie and her husband were very nice. We are definitely coming back!6/16/08A Swedish house in the middle of California, bright colors and a beautiful view. So very peaceful to be here, absolutely amazing to just sit on the porch... Thank you very much for this second time at your Ranch, I love this place... and so does Chris! (Anna and Chris)6/20/08This place is so beautiful. We’ve come out here so, so many times and have never noticed these gorgeous houses on this land. What a great little “get away”. Thank you for letting us share this wonderful home with you. You have made it feel like a home away from home. (Rick)7/3/08Your “Pioneering” spirit has definitely resulted in creating a heavenly retreat! Our short stay here put us immediately into a relaxed state and an appreciation of the beauty and majesty of the area. Wishing you all the best with Hillside Ranch! P.S. I enjoyed meeting Bruce and have the “fifty cent” tour of the other houses. (Kathryn)7/19/08This was the best place for a big party. Thank you. (Donette)8/9-13, 2008Lovely, simply lovely! All the amenities of home. You have done such a fabulous job restoring this beautiful place. What a treat it has been to experience this Ranch. We’ll be back! If you are going river rafting, Kern River Tours is highly recommended... try the 2-day lower! Amazing... guides are the best! And the food... yummy! We were well taken care of. (The Schmid's)8/23/08A beautiful house with a great view. We will be back again soon. Really. It was one of the best weekends of the summer. (Brian)10/5/08We had a wonderful time here at the yellow house! It was beautiful and relaxing. We loved the style. The view is breath taking! We had everything we needed. We had a wonderful BBQ and fire outside. We have stayed in quite a few places out here and this ranch house was the best. So Beautiful! Marie was so helpful and nice. Thank you! We’ll be back! Soon! (The Knorr's)
Nov 2008
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Kernville
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Sierra Vista
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Kernville
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Bakersfield
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Sierra Vista
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Shirley Meadows
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Paradise Cove

Great Kite flying, bird and critter watching.

Amenities

Weldon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Each house has 1 bathroom tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • 3 Bedrooms total - 2 queen , 1 twin/ single , This bedroom count is only for the yellow house
  • Yellow house, 2 - Queen Beds, & 1 twin Blue house, 1 - King, 1 bunk bed Red house, 2 - bunk beds, 2 - Queens beds Trailer, - 1 Queen
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
So far this winter, 2014, the snow pack is very low, the Lake is very low and can not be seen from the property.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

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Weddings, Family reunions, or a getaway for two.
average rating of 4.928571 based on 15 reviews
5

Astonishing Experience

  • 5 of 5

This amazing ranch is a hidden gem! It was the perfect property for my family reunion with my parents and the families of my siblings. The three homes were very clean, fully equipped, warm, and charming. The surrounding views were incredible especially waking up in the morning. When we arrived, the grass was lush green and the kids enjoyed running around the vast space filled with outdoor activities. Magically, just a few hours before NYE, snow started falling turning the whole ranch into a winter wonderland. I made for a fun evening of making snow angels on the fresh snow, and cozy hot chocolate. You can see Lake Isabella from the property, and its not too far from the town groceries and restaurants. Another wonderful aspect is that it isn't too far from Los Angeles. And if you are travelling from San Francisco, plan ahead and you'll have a beautiful scenic drive down from Yosemite through the Sequoias.

My sister's family had an easy time hooking up their RV to the property and thoroughly enjoyed the space where she parked.

It was always a joy communicating with Bruce. He made organizing and planning my family reunion easy. He has reasonable rules for the care of his home, and can be easily contacted when you have further questions. It felt like a close relative opening and sharing his treasured home with us.

I would love to return to this property every chance I can get. Every member of my family was truly astonished by the property. Although it is secluded, and seemed a distance from major landmarks, the property in itself was enough to amuse us. We didn't have the urge to leave to go somewhere else to enjoy. We were purely satisfied to stay and relish each other's company in peach and harmony.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Ithaca NY
5

fabulous setting, spectacular views, comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

This is my third time staying here and have stayed in 2 of the 3 houses (red and yellow) in summer and fall. The houses are comfortable, kitchens are well outfitted, great barbecue patio. The view from the porches is idyllic - just mountains and the basin. The light is lovely morning and evening. Great place to say. Can't find a black widow, just lizards and birds.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Perfect seclusion

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for a family reunion, and had a great time! We rented all 3 houses and bbq'd, went to the river, played volleyball and walked around. The peace was wonderful.

The ONLY downside, was the really alarming amount of black widows. Other than that, it doesn't get any more idyllic than this!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles
5

SPECTACULAR SKY !!!!

  • 5 of 5

A few weeks ago a couple of friends with their teenage boys said they were coming to Los Angeles to visit. We decided it would be nice to get away from the city and head into the wilderness. We were looking for a place where 2 couples with teenagers could have privacy, and those 3 bungalows decorated with taste were perfect. Coffee in the morning on the porch contemplating the mountains in the back ground, lunch by the lake (only a few minutes drive away) and diner under the stars...when I say stars I mean the whole Galaxy !!! Laying on the grass we all looked for satellites and shooting stars...what a unique experience !!! I will definetely come back maybe on a more romantic getaway (without the kids!!! and by the way it is only 2 and a half hour drive through beautiful landscapes...

truly worth it !

Evelyne J.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cincinnati
5

Fabulous and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in the Yellow House and the property was so amazing, secluded but with all the amenities my teenage boys needed-wi-fi, cable. There is a beautiful outdoor gazebo for al fresco dining and the thick lawn was perfect for our frisbee tossing during the day and star gazing at night. Can't recommend this ranch enough.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Temecula
5

Love, love, love this place!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful views! Quiet. Wild life to enjoy! Comfortable! Loved the vintage-ness of the Yellow House! The whole property was special! Went back in time....had laughs with family....my dog loved it! It had everything you needed and more! Bruce & ranch hands were very very kind and caring and the transaction was smooth! A must visit kinda place! Put your feet up throw your bag down...ah. Everything you would need is nearby, gas, groceries (employee's very kind), eateries(very kind), and Kernville! There are the lake and the river areas. We were there to rest and reunite with family who live nearby in Bodfish. Thanks again Bruce!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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